Facts about ticks

Latin Name

Family Ixodidae (describes most common ticks)


Ticks vary in color by species. Adult ticks can be smaller than a sunflower seed (over 1 cm long if engorged with blood), while tick larvae can be less than 1 mm. Common problem ticks include the American dog tick, deer or black leg tick, and lone star tick.

Behavior, Diet & Habits

Often found near wooded and highly vegetated areas, Long Island offers the perfect environments for ticks to not only survive, but to thrive. Females and males of most species feed on blood of mammals, birds and reptiles. Each tick species does have a preferred host, although most ticks will feed on whatever blood is available to them. Thus, ticks are known to bite livestock, deer, raccoons, mice, squirrels, humans, dogs and cats.

Signs of a Ticks / Tick Infestation

Tick signs usually are the ticks themselves. Secondary signs can include medical symptoms from diseases or fluids transmitted by ticks. These can vary and are best left to a medical professional for diagnosis.

Prevention / Control

Ticks also seek safety in hidden locations within homes. Repairing any crevices or gaps and keeping grass cut short outside may discourage infestations. The disposal of all empty bird and rodent nesting materials is also necessary, as ticks will readily infest these items. Treatment for ticks is not the same as for fleas. If you suspect a tick infestation, call the Target Pest Control today!

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